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Full text of "Annual Evaluation Report Fiscal Year 1984"

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C. Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness  (Continued)

of BEMSCS   as   assistance   providers,   according  to   the   SEA  informants;   (3)

Fiscal support for SEAs  is  based on  a percentage  of the LEA grants   in the

State.   This   type   of  Title   VII   support   clearly   favors   States   that   have

large numbers    of   LEA   grants.      States    with   few   LEA   grants    receive   too
little money to mount a comprehensive effort,

2.   Multifunctional Service Centers

Program Scope: Sixteen centers were funded in FY 1984 with approximately
nine million dollars* Fourteen were funded as regional centers and two
to provide services to specific groups. The two national centers are
expected to serve Asian and Arabic language populations.

Benefits Provided: Multifunctional Service Centers: (1) provide support
services for building the capacity of districts to improve instructional
programs and other support services designed specifically for limited-Eng-
lish proficient students in the service areas; (2) provide technical
assistance to Title VII basic project grantees to improve project manage-
ment, documentation, and evaluation; (3) coordinate with the National
Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education (NCBE),other support service centers,
and other federally funded centers or projects, to develop and implement
a strategy or process for exchanging information and planning to improve
the delivery and quality of support services provided by centers; and (4)
coordinate with State education agencies in their plans for providing
technical assistance to ensure that the Centers1 plans complement the
SEAs' plans for assisting, with State or Federal funds, the Title VII
projects operating in the States*

Program Effectiveness:    No information.

3.    Evaluation, Dissemination, and Assessment Centers

Program Scope:    There were three EDACs   in FY  1984,   funded at $1.7 million.

Benefits Provided: These centers evaluate the effectiveness and appropri-
ateness of materials for use in programs of bilingual education or in
bilingual education training programs; they publish and disseminate eval-
uation methods and materials; they assess the number of children in 'need
of bilingual education, the number of and need for bilingual education
teachers and personnel, and the need for curriculum materials and student
assessment instruments; they develop Instruments and procedures for use
1n needs assessment surveys; and they train State education agency person-
nel and others working with programs of bilingual education in the
selection of appropriate evaluation and assessment methods and materials.chers for bilingual education.